10 Amazing Weekend and Daytrips from Spartanburg, SC

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Are you searching for daytrips from Spartanburg, SC where you can have a fun time exploring somewhere new? You can drive to all these locations in 8 hours or less saving the price of airline tickets. Keep reading to find out which places are less than a day’s drive from Spartanburg.

Weekend and day trip ideas from Spartanburg, South Carolina

Let’s face it- with children, vacations can be expensive, especially when you need to travel by plane. Luckily, you live in the Upstate, and are within a day’s drive to plenty of places you and your family can enjoy as a vacation!

10 Ideas for Daytrips From Spartanburg, SC (eight hours or less)

Savannah, GA

Distance: 247 Miles; Average Travel Time: 3 hours 45 minutes

Savannah may not seem like the stand-out place to go to bring your family, but they have quite a bit to keep you busy. The Savannah Children’s Museum is two-levels of outdoor fun for your children to explore. Mix learning with fun at The Georgia State Railroad Museum or explore Old Fort Jackson and Fort Pulaski. Cool down at Tybee Island for paddle boarding or a day at the beach.

Charleston, SC

Distance: 204 miles; Average Travel Time: 3 hours 15 minutes

One of the top day trips from Spartanburg, SC is Charleston! Like Savannah, Charleston can help you turn your vacation into an educational experience with the various Plantations, Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum, The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, and Fort Sumter. The South Carolina Aquarium is also located in Charleston so you can check out the marine life while you are close to the coast. Speaking of the coast, Kiawah, Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Folly Beach, and Edisto Beach give you plenty of options if you want to put your toes in the sand.

Travel Guide to Charleston, South Carolina

Check out our Travel Guide to Charleston, SC, with ideas of things to do, places to stay, and where to eat!

Atlanta, GA

Distance: 181 miles; Average Travel Time: 3 hours

Being one of the larger cities close to the Upstate, Atlanta has plenty to do with the family to keep you busy from the time you arrive, right up to the moment you head home. At only 3 hours from Greenville and Spartanburg, it’s worth the adventure. You can check out the awesome Georgia Aquarium, or get in touch with nature by visiting Atlanta Botanical Garden, Inc or Centennial Olympic Park- which includes a splash fountain, picnic areas, and open fields to let your little ones burn off some energy.

If your family is seeking thrills, head over to Six Flags Over Georgia. Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta offers rides, a 4-D movie, and themed play areas for the Lego lovers. You can visit the World of Coca-Cola, or visit the animals at Zoo Atlanta.

Charlotte, NC

Distance: 77 miles; Average Travel Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Charlotte, North Carolina may be a city that you drive up to on any given Saturday to spend the day with your family, but why not turn it into a vacation? With plenty to do to keep you busy, it isn’t difficult to fill up your vacation itinerary. Discovery Place is full of fun, interactive activities for the kids.

Head over to Carowinds one day for some theme park action, or, for the real thrill seekers, go whitewater rafting at U.S. National Whitewater Center. Nascar lovers can visit the Nascar Hall of Fame. Want to spend your vacation swimming and going down water slides? Great Wolf Lodge is a great place for some water fun, right at your hotel!

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Myrtle Beach, SC

Distance: 239 miles; Average Travel Time: 4 hours

Probably one of the most visited beaches for residents of the Upstate, Myrtle Beach has plenty of reasons people keep going back. This beach has a lot more to offer than waves and sand for families with children. Family Kingdom Amusement Park offers plenty of fun, and even looks extra cool at night when it’s all lit up! You can also check out the Ripley’s Aquarium where you can meet and greet with penguins, head to Medieval Times for an epic dinner, or enjoy a pirate showdown at Pirates Voyage.

Love the outdoors? Check out Huntington Beach State Park while you are visiting, and maybe you will catch a glimpse of an alligator!

If you don’t stay in one of the many hotels that offer their own mini water park, you can visit Myrtle Waves Water Park if you want to cool off in something other than salt water. Wonderworks, the Hollywood Wax Museum, and miniature golf are just a few other attractions you can soak in along with the beautiful coastal South Carolina sun.

Travel Guide to Coastal SC: Myrtle Beach

Use our Travel Guide to Myrtle Beach to plan out the perfect trip!

Washington, D.C

Distance: 472 miles; Average Travel Time: 7 hours 30 minutes

This destination may be more suitable for families with older children. We’ve talked about educational vacations, and what place is more historically educational than our nation’s capital? Check out our Guide to Washington, DC to help you plan out a trip.

The White House, a plethora of memorials and monuments, museums galore, art galleries, and the National Zoological Park– you may not be able to take it all in with just one trip. Six Flags America in Maryland is only a 30-minute drive from Washington, D.C., so you can break up your site-seeing with some thrill rides.

Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge, TN

Distance: 145 miles; Average Travel Time: 2 hours 45 minutes

Not only are residents of the Upstate fairly close to beaches and larger cities, we are right next to the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains. You can book a hotel in the area, but a great way to experience the mountains is with a cabin rental. 

Cabins of the Smoky Mountains has a huge selection of cabin rentals, ranging from one to 12 bedrooms. Most of the cabins are equipped with a jacuzzi and games, such as pool, air hockey, pinball, and even ping pong. Smoky Hollow Outdoor Resort is another great lodging option near Gatlinburg, TN, in addition to Wilderness at the Smokies, Greystone Lodge, or Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort. We have stayed at these four locations, and highly recommend each for various reasons.

Theme park lovers will want to head over to Dollywood, which has plenty of rides for children, as well as thrill rides and shows. You’ll also find Anakeeta in Gatlinburg, which offers sky-high views, unique exhibits, and even great dining, all in one place.

Get in touch with nature with hiking trails, zip lines, and whitewater rafting. The heart of Pigeon Forge is a long street filled with different things to do, such as go-karting, miniature golf, and arcades.

You can find more Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg Attractions in our comprehensive guide.

Lake Lure, NC

Distance: 49 miles; Average Travel Time: 1 hour

Lake Lure is a fantastic place to spend a week during the summertime. This is a great vacation spot if you want a more relaxing experience while keeping the kids entertained. Lake Lure is a large man-made lake, and even in the hottest months of the summer, the water stays at refreshing temperatures.

To really get a great full-week experience, rent a house for the week. Renting a house allows you to experience true lake-living, and will also help you save money by being able to cook your meals and not have to eat out three times a day. You and your family can swim, canoe, kayak, paddle boat, or rent a pontoon boat to spend the day on the lake, literally.

Bring the kids to Lake Lure Beach and Water Park– a sandy mountain beach with a splash area and a water slide. Then, head over to the stunning Flowering Bridge to check out the fairy tale world of plants.

Drive a Little Further for an Epic Trip: Florida!

St. Augustine, FL

Distance: 415 miles; Average Travel Time: 6 hours 15 minutes

Talk about an education, but fun, family vacation! St. Augustine is the oldest city in the United States. Not only is this city filled with history, but the beach is right there as well! At Marineland Dolphin Adventure, you and your family can view dolphin habitats, check out sea turtles and sand tiger sharks, and even swim with the dolphins.

St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park is filled with alligators and a bird exhibit. Potter’s Wax Museum includes characters from Star Wars, famous historic figures, and pop icons. You kids will love the St. Augustine Pirate Museum as well. Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest stone fortress in the continental United States, is both fun to explore and educational, not to mention the awesome views from the top.

Walt Disney World Resort

Distance: 536 miles; Average Travel Time: 8 hours

This may be pushing the limits, as Disney is something usually well planned out, as it is nothing short of expensive. Eight hours is a long time in the car with children, but leaving early in the morning will get you there well before dinner time. With the cost of Disney park tickets rising annually, making the trip by car is one way to save some extra dough.

If you haven’t taken your children to Disney World, but have been thinking about it, don’t think any longer. It is well worth it. Everything about it truly is ‘magical,’ as they say, and it won’t be an experience your children, or you, forget any time soon. Disney resorts may push the budget, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experience Disney without breaking the bank. Lake Buena Vista, FL (which is the city on Disney World’s self-addressed envelope) has a huge variety of different hotels at a very affordable rate.

Most of the hotels surrounding Disney World cater specifically to tourists visiting Orlando to go to Disney. Many offer free shuttle services to and from the park, saving you from paying high parking prices. Plus, you don’t need to stay on Disney property to experience some of the benefits the resorts offer. You are also welcome to dine at any of the resorts (advanced reservations highly recommended).

If you are determined to stay at a Disney resort, they offer ‘Value’ resorts, which are priced similar to hotels that aren’t on Disney property. The Value resorts do not look budget at all! Orlando Resort Rentals at University Boulevard is highly rated and is near both Disney World and Universal Studios. You will also find affordable rates at Magic Village Views Trademark Collection, which is even close to fun activities outside of Disney like the Blizzard Beach Water Park.

Bonus: If you’re headed to Orlando with a LEGO fan, you might want to check out LEGOLAND!

Where is your family’s favorite vacation spot within a day’s drive?

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